Hospital damper dangers highlighted
A recent Channel 4 investigation has highlighted the importance of having correctly installed fire dampers, and the need to have them properly maintained.
A report about conditions at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham noted that many of the building’s fire dampers had been installed so poorly that maintenance inspections were impossible. In one section, 197 of 418 dampers could not be tested, due to insufficient access.
The report focuses on specific issues at one particular site, however based on our many years of experience of maintaining, repairing and replacing fire & smoke dampers, we know that the type of problems highlighted here are much more common than you might expect.
A hospital is just one example of the type of building where large quantities of fire dampers are usually installed and contribute significantly to life safety and asset protection. Other sites where they will also certainly be present include; large commercial buildings, residential apartment blocks, schools and universities, hotels, leisure centres and custodial premises.
As with all fire safety systems, to achieve compliance in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there is a mandatory requirement for damper installations to be properly serviced, tested and certified accordingly on an annual basis.
This type of specialist preventative maintenance must be completed by suitably trained and experienced service engineers who not only have the technical knowledge about the subject matter, but also the capability to overcome the various accessibility challenges along the way.
The Brakel Airvent dedicated Damper Division has a team of FIRAS accredited specialist service engineers offering a full service support package for all types of mechanical and electrical smoke and fire damper installations. Our expertise extends to initial site survey / assessment, annual PPM, asset verification, routine remedial works, refurbishment, replacement and controls upgrade for electrically operated damper systems. Our in-house Fire Engineering team is also available to assist with any design or cause & effect requirements.
Watch the news report here